Twenty-six-year-old Rezwan Ferdaus, an American-born graduate of Northeastern University, allegedly planned to fly 6-foot remote controlled airplanes into the Capitol and the fourth floor of the Pentagon. But Ferdaus lacked the personal finances to carry out the operation. In June, he turned to a group of men he thought were al-Qaida operatives for a $450 loan for storage space. But the operatives were undercover F.B.I. agents.
Ferdaus allegedly told an agent that Americans are the "enemies of Allah," and that he hoped to blow up the Capitol dome and "shoot some politicians."